PlantLife 33 & 34

In 2006 PlantLife transformed to its current full colour format. PlantLife 33 & 34 was a special double dedicated entirely to the Pondoland Centre of Plant Endemism, a small but botanically rich region between about Port Shepstone in KwaZulu-Natal and Port St Johns in the Eastern Cape.

Aloe dichotoma

The Quiver Tree (Aloe dichotoma) is an iconic feature of its arid landscape. In PlantLife 37 & 38, Conrad Geldenhuys & Elsabé Swart introduce readers to the tree aloes of southern Africa.

Orbea speciosa

Orbea speciosa in habitat close to the Umkomaas River in KwaZulu-Natal. Read the story of the rediscovery of this poorly known species in PlantLife 35.

Springtime in the Kamiesberg

Springtime in the Kamiesberg, Namaqualand. In PlantLife 37 & 38, Nick Helme describes its endemic flora and vegetation.

Fernandoa abbreviata

Flowers of the tree Fernandoa abbreviata. “The family Bignoniaceae in southern Africa” by John Burrows, appeared in PlantLife 36.

PlantLife is published by the KwaZulu-Natal Coastal Branch of the Botanical Society of South Africa and the Durban Botanic Gardens Trust. It is run on a non-profit basis by unpaid volunteers.

PlantLife is read around the world by botanists, propagators, students, enthusiasts, collectors and others interested in plants and their conservation.

PlantLife was first published in September 1989 as a brief black-and-white newsletter, before evolving to its present form. It was founded by Tony Abbott, an amateur botanist based in Port Edward, who has contributed much to the botanical exploration of Pondoland.

PlantLife has a unique ethos: it is neither a dry, scientific journal, nor totally popular. It is a meeting place for both amateur and professional botanists, and a forum for the publication of contributions from both groups.

A particular aim is not only to provide readers with informative, well written articles, often containing information that can often be obtained nowhere else, but a visual experience that does justice to the wonderful flora of Southern Africa.

The entire content of PlantLife 39 & 40, 2010 is available from this website. Click here to view and download.

Readers are requested to address any enquiries concerning articles directly to the author concerned.

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